Above, the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
On a busy day, there are few sights more relaxing than a garden. That’s doubly true in a city setting, where flowers in bloom and lush expanses of green grass offer a break from the typical urban landscape. Whether you’re a commuter, visitor, or full-time resident, these city parks are worth the trip. Just grab a cup of coffee and your sunglasses, and get ready to enjoy an atmosphere like no other.
Forsyth Park, Savannah, Georgia
The largest in Savannah’s Historic District, this 30-acre park is where you can sit in the shade of old trees and take in views of the beautiful fountain.
The Highline, New York City
Get a different perspective on the city as you explore the parks and gardens on this long-unused stretch of elevated railway. A popular spot for tourists and locals alike, you can always expect to have quite a bit of company on your walk.
Central Park, New York City
Of course, we couldn’t exclude New York City’s most famous park. Even if you visit frequently, you’d be surprised at the many areas you haven’t yet discovered in the 843-acre park.
Klyde Warren Park, Dallas, Texas
A popular spot for proposals, impromptu picnics, and planned events like outdoor yoga, there’s always something happening at this oasis in the city.
Millennium Park, Chicago
Head past Cloud Gate, the famed sculpture by Anish Kapoor that attracts tourists by the dozen, to find pockets of peace among the green gardens found throughout the park.
Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
San Francisco’s beloved Golden Gate Park has more than a few gardens that are must-sees, including the Botanical Garden, the Shakespeare Garden, and the Japanese Tea Garden. Fun fact: The latter was originally created in 1894.
Exposition Park Rose Garden, Los Angeles, California
A true escape near downtown Los Angeles, this magnificent park is dedicated almost entirely to roses. The lush green landscape particularly brings out the color of the dazzling blooms, making this a very Instagram-friendly space.
Longue Vue House and Gardens, New Orleans, Louisiana
Anchored by a grand historic home, this park (located in the Lakewood neighborhood of New Orleans) has a number of equally elegant gardens across its eight acres.
The Kampong, Miami, Florida
Located in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, this spectacular garden is where you can see a dazzling array of tropical plants and trees — including 50 different types of mango.